9-Day Tours Around Kashgar

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Destinations:Kashgar City, Karakoram Highway, Karakul Lake, Tashkorgan, Kunjirap Pass, Taklamakan Desert

  • Highlights:Explore Ancient City Kashgar, Drive along the Karakoram Highway up to Pakistan border, sleep in local nomadic yurt and camp overnight in the desert

Day 1
Arrive in Kashgar
Activities: Warmly welcome you at Kashgar airport and transfer to your hotel

Our professional tour guide and driver will welcome you at Kashgar airport and transfer to your Hotel. Have a good rest after a long flight.
Kashgar, an oasis city in Xinjiang, is the westernmost city of China, located near the borders of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. It has a history of over 2,000 years and served as a trading post and strategically important city on the Silk Road between China, the Middle East and Europe.
Day 2
Explore Kashgar city
Activities: Visit Grand mosque, Apak Hoja tomb (which is also called Fragrant Concubine Tomb), Old city walking tours, livestock market, Sunday market and dinner at a local Uighur family

Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First enjoy the famous livestock market which happens only on every Sunday and people bring their horses, sheep, goats, camels,cows, bulls and other livestocks to the market from all the directions for sale. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people, enjoy the traditional local market culture, test-drive a donkey or a horse or even make its shoes. Like opening a window, today is a real glimpse into a time lost in the annals of the Silk Road’s past and an opportunity not to be missed.
Later move on to Sunday market main Bazaar which is considered one of the largest market in Central Asia. From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals. Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best to chance to practice your bargaining skills.
After lunch visit the Grand Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb).
We’ll enjoy the Old Town of Kashgar by walk. walking is the best way to see and understand the ancient historical parts,streets,handicraft workshops and many more;enjoy a century-old Kashgar tea house’s atmoshpere for a short break. sitting by the locals and try various medicinal teas such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Finally wrap up our city day tour with a dinner at a local family which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life of uighurs.
Day 3
Kashgar-Yarkand-Desert
Activities: Yarkand city tour and desert camel trekking

Leave after breakfast from the hotel and drive along the Southern Silk Road. Stop at Yarkand for lunch and have some sight-seeing, visit Altunluk mosque (the Saidia Kingdam Royal graveyard ) dated back to 16th Century; walking tours in old city and some other ancient graveyards.
After lunch drive to desert which takes another hour, once arrive in the desert, load on the camels and start riding into the desert.
You’ve probably stayed at 5 star hotels for many times, but tonight your accommodation will be under million stars – absolutely peaceful, tranquil and quiet.
At night make fire and cook desert kebab then listen to the stories of the camel man.
Day 4
Desert to Kashgar
Activities: Pack up camels and out of the desert, then drive back to Kashgar

Sunrise over the high sand dunes is not to be missed. Pack up our camels again and begin trekking back to the place where our driver will wait for us.drive us back to Kashgar with another new road.
This trip allows your journey to its westernmost edge, where endless waves of sand stretch into the distance as well as getting a taste of one of the most inhospitable desert in the world.
Once arrive take a shower at the hotel to get rid of the sands and dusts from the desert, but the memory stays forever.
Day 5
Kashgar to Tashkorgan
Activities: Drive along the KKH, Stop at Opal Village, Oytagh Kunlunshan Colorful mountain range, Gaz Valley and check point, Bulungkol Valley (white sand mountain), Karakul lake and local Kyrgyz family visit

We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world) visit Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level). The lake sits at the foot of the notorious, Muztagh Ata (7546m) and Gongur (7719m) mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountains and is one of the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world.
Lunch will be at local Kyrgyz family or at the lake side restaurant as your like.
Arrive in Tashkorgan in the late afternoon and stay overnight
Day 6
Tashkorgan for whole day
Activities: visit stone fort, hike around grassland, visit Tajik family

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll visit the town’s ancient stone fort – still standing after 2200 years! ‘Tashkurgan’ means ‘Fort made out of stones’ Walk around Tajik neighborhoods and spend some time at one of the family by the grassland.
For dinner our driver will take you to a restaurant with Tajik music and dance which is a good chance to enjoy and try their traditional eagle dance.
Day 7
Tashkorgan to Kashgar
Activities: Drive to Kashgar and hike around the lake for a few hours

After breakfast drive to Karakul lake and spend about 3-4 hours for hike around the lake.
The lake has an area of around 10kms and hiking takes between 3 to 4 hours.
You can also visit Subash village which is about 7km from Karakul Lake if you like. when ready we return to Kashgar in the afternoon.
Day 8
Day trip to Shipton’s arch
Activities: Driving and hiking up to the Arch.

Shipton’s Arch is the world’s highest natural arch. This imposing, entirely natural structure, rises an amazing 500m/1500ft.
Some walking and climbing is required,this trip is suitable for all ages.
It is about 1.5 hour drive from kashgar city and about 1:20 hours more for hiking up to the base of the arch.
Day 9
Kashgar to your next destination
Activities: see you off at Kashgar airport

Today is the last day of your tour with us, so we hope this tour shouldn’t be the last. We strive to make every day of your time with us the one that you’ll always remember and if you’d like to book some other tours please Contact us for more information